One of the New England Patriots’ roster moves to come is expected to be placing at least two offensive linemen on injured reserve: first-round rookie Isaiah Wynn will reportedly miss the season with a torn Achilles, while free agency addition Ulrick John is expected to be out for the year as well (according to the Boston Sports Journal’s Christopher Price):
Per a league source, OT Ulrick John has a torn tendon in his foot that will require surgery, and is expected to be out for the year.
Wynn tearing his Achilles opened the door for another offensive tackle to make the team. The battle for this was still on entering the preseason finale, with offseason acquisition Ulrick John possibly having good odds of winning it: during the regular season “dress rehearsal” one week earlier, he was the first offensive tackle off the bench. However, his foot injury early against the New York Giants put an end to his chances of earning the spot.
Cole Croston could be the main beneficiary of John being out for the year, and make the squad as its forth option at offensive tackle.